Skylar Neese's Father: 'Know Who Your Children's Friends Are'

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On Wednesday, the Monongalia County Prosecutor's Office filed charges against two teenagers implicated in the death and disappearance of Star City teenager Skylar Neese.

Skylar's dad, Dave Neese, still can't believe what happened to his daughter.

"Lots of hurt, lots of disbelief. I mean it's senseless. The whole thing is senseless," said Neese.

Rachel Shoaf, 16, pleaded guilty to second degree murder after agreeing to be transferred to adult status. Officials said charges are pending against a second juvenile in custody as well.

Dave Neese said he feels bad for those juveniles' parents.

"Their kids made an ignorant decision, and now they have to suffer for it. I feel horrible for that. We've lost ours, and now they've lost theirs in a sense, too," Neese said.

Neese said he can't believe he knew Skylar's friends, the teens now awaiting trial.

"Never in my wildest dreams did I think they had the capability to do anything of that nature. It just blows me away, it really does," Neese said.

With charges now being filed, Neese said there will never really be closure, but this might be a step at getting things back to normal.

"I just hope this can help us get back to somewhat normal life. Like I said, the parents, including myself and Mary are the ones suffering now," said Neese.

Neese offered one piece of advice for parents to remember.

"Make sure you know who your children's friends are, make sure you know. Not just, ‘Hey, I know this person' no, you make sure you know the parents, know where they're going and call and check on them," said Neese.

Skylar's Law, which will allow police officers to use their own discretion when deciding if an Amber Alert is needed before the usual 48-hour wait, has passed through the legislative process and is now before Governor Earl Ray Tomblin for action.

Neese said he hopes Skylar's Law will go national and make a difference all over the United States.


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